We call on the President of the United States to establish an independent, non-partisan commission to examine and report publicly on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in the period since September 11, 2001. The commission, comparable in stature to the 9/11 Commission, should look into the facts and circumstances of such abuses, report on lessons learned and recommend measures that would prevent any future abuses.
Firedoglake blog will host Nathaniel Raymond, Director of PHR's Campaign Against Torture, for a live online chat, from 3-4:30 pm.
Last night, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) released a report, developed over two years, detailing the origins and implementation of the Bush Administration's torture program. The SASC report is the latest and most comprehensive account of the Bush Administration's regime of torture and the central role health professionals played.
On April 14, Major General Antonio M. Taguba (USA, Ret.), the commander of the official 2004 US Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib detainee abuse scandal, made a rare public appearance at Harvard Law School to give a lecture sponsored by the Harvard Human Rights Program, the Human Rights Advocates at Harvard Law, and Physicians for Human Rights.
Please join Physicians for Human Rights and Retired US Army Major General Antonio Mario Taguba this Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 4:00-6:15 PM for an exciting afternoon of discussion, debate and dialogue on torture by US forces in the war against terror---and how we can hold accountable those who committed these heinous crimes.